The House of the Seven Flies - Victor CanningLondon: Hodder & Stoughton, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier wear to the spine ends. Leans slightly. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “A quarter of a million pounds-worth of diamonds have been stolen from an Amsterdam bank. A prize big enough to attract many a treasure hunter. Seven to be exact. Furse, the Englishman, has knowledge of the stones’ whereabouts and the hope that this wealth would make his future and his son’s secure. But there are others in the race too: Detective-Inspector Molenaar, acting for the bank; Constanta the Dutch girl, and Sluiter, who mysteriously dies; Rohner and Elsa, top-flight crooks unburdened by scruples; Charlie, Furse’s shady friend, and Farmer Beukleman.
The climax is the only possible one, yet so cleverly is the web woven that its nature is hidden until the very last. Mounting drama and the recurrent element of surprise keep the novel at high tension all the time. It is a story spare as an athlete, and as capably handled as the most difficult of juggler’s tricks.”